The Sault Area Hospital Foundation was the recipient of a cheque for $68,000 from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #25 Poppy Trust Fund this past month.
The donation is to cover the cost of a new Ventilator for the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) which will help newborns maintain proper blood gas levels along with assisting with their breathing and two additional Fetal Monitors with Telemetry for the birthing rooms to monitor the unborn baby’s heart rate while still in the womb.
This donation “has to be one of our biggest undertakings,” said poppy chairman, Rob Gardiner. “We just felt that this year we were in a pretty good position to go ahead and give them the full amount”.
Gisele Anderson, Manager of the Maternal/Child Department accepted the cheque in the department from the Poppy Fund Committee and took the group on a tour to show them the importance of the equipment and explained what it will do for the patients it will serve.
“This is absolutely incredible and I would like to express on behalf of my staff and myself how appreciative we are of the work of the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Trust Fund and their generosity,” said Anderson.
“The money that the committee has donated is going to something here in Sault Ste. Marie that’s going to benefit mothers-to-be,” said Gardiner. The Branch 25 poppy campaign has donated $210,254 to the Sault Area Hospital Foundation since 1989.
The Sault Area Hospital Foundation would like to extend a thank you to The Royal Canadian Legion and Ladies Auxiliary for their generous support and commitment to healthcare in our community.
Pictured below are six members of the Royal Canadian Legion and Ladies’ Auxiliary, presenting a cheque to Giselle Anderson in the Maternal/Child department.